Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery

Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

Region: America / California / Sta. Rita Hills

The Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vines planted on rolling hills near the cooling Pacific Ocean. After harvest, the grapes are gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tanks for cold settling. The juice is then inoculated with yeast and racked to French oak barrels, where it undergoes fermentation, with stirring of the lees for added texture and complexity. Partial malolactic fermentation is allowed. All lots are kept separate throughout vinification and aging to ensure greater character, distinctiveness and quality. The wine is aged in oak barrels before bottling.

92 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2013 vintage
91 Points

Wine & Spirits

2012 vintage
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tasting note

This is a bright, juicy Chardonnay with aromas of honeydew melon, brioche, green apple and baking spices. Lively acidity accompanies flavors of banana, toasted oak, and honey, which coat the palate. Silky viscosity precedes a lengthy finish.

food pairing

Perfect paired with clam chowder or Chicken Dijon, this Chardonnay's combination of structure and concentration helps it stand up to a wide array of dishes, including poultry and rich fish and seafood, like lobster and salmon.

points of distinction

  • A rich Chardonnay with 17 months of oak aging and the buttery qualities associated with the style.
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“Our austere growing conditions and intense farming practices create wines that are elevated, elegant and aromatic.”

– Lorna Kreutz, Winemaker

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